Expressive Arts Burlington is the product of a visionary. Topaz has developed a landscape of opportunity to create, play and engage in a process which is fun, expressive and rich with meaning.” — Katey Wyndorf
2/1: Gifts of the Grandmothers: A Collage Playshop
Science has confirmed that we carry the stories of our Ancestors in our DNA. As the Earth quickens beneath us, the ancestors have messages to impart, lessons to teach, stories to tell, joys to share and wounds to heal. Join us as we travel the thread of Grandmother wisdom that weaves within and transforms our lives.
This workshop will offer:
* A chance to pause, breathe, and reflect while engaging in mixed-media collage.
* Guided visualizations to the Land of Ancestors.
* Supplies and images for creating up to three cards (included in the cost.)
* Ideas of how you might use your cards through creating an ancestor altar and ritual communication experience.
* Sharing with other participants in an open and nonjudgmental way.
No prior experience or talent needed! RSVP Required.
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Special Time-limited Holiday Offer, Save %20 till 1/4/20 paying by check or Venmo @Topaz-Weis
Regular Cost: $100
$90 Early Registration Discount if paid by Jan. 26th, 2020
All materials provided.
Reserve your space by registering below or call Topaz at: (802) 343-8172. Early registration secures your spot as space is limited.
Topaz, thank you for an incredible class! You created a safe and stimulating environment that allowed me to explore myself through the arts in its many forms! It was the just the right balance of teaching, guidance, variety and space to cultivate and nurture my creative and unfolding self. You took me to my creative edge and supported my expansion! Truly delightful! Thank-you!”
— Niko Pruesse, Strozzi Life Coach
“In a word, this class is magical. If you are an artist in a creative rut- or another type of soul searcher- this class
will be a great gift to yourself. My fellow classmates were amazing and Topaz is a truly inspired and knowledgeable instructor!” — M Ketterling
4/4: Story Cloth: A Visual storytelling workshop
Story Cloth is a form of non-verbal self expression that can depict experiences of joy, inspiration and healing. Experiences of trauma or grief, that may be hard to express in words, can also be stitched into cloth in an easily understood language of personal expression.
This workshop taps into a creative revival of passing on family stories, recovering dream imagery or making political statements in cloth as many cultures around the world have done for generations.
Come to the studio and stitch, tack, weave or hot glue your personal story in this six hour celebration of fabric, yarn and mixed media materials.
A short video and guided visualization will help get you on the path to accessing imagery containing personal meaning to craft your own story cloth. Topaz Weis, REACE will be there to offer a framework for understanding Story Cloth across cultures and through time. She will help brainstorm and lend her expertise to any materials or technique challenges.
A mountain of materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring fabric trimmings, embroidery floss, buttons, beads, nature materials, object of memorabilia etc. (that may or may not have sentimental meaning) to use or to share.
There will be a one hour lunch break. Lunch can be purchased at Nomad Cafe in the building, across the street at the Southend City Market or you can bring a lunch from home.
Saturday, April 4th 9:30am – 4:30 pm
Cost:$100 includes materials fee, $85 if bought before March 29th.
Register early as space is limited. Use the paypal button below or Venmo: Topaz-Weis. For more info call: 802 343-8172
Touch Drawing for Groups, Families or…consider making it a creative Date Night!
Touch Drawing is for artists of any level, including absolute beginners. Imagine a private 2 hour opportunity to bond with your partner, friend or family in the fulfilling realm of creativity. With Touch Drawing you can experience inner authentic imagery coming alive on the page and have no expertise or talent at all! Paper is placed over a piece of Plexiglas to which paint has been applied. Wherever the paper is touched, an imprint is made. Impulses from within take form on paper through the movement of the fingertips on the page. This intuitive, meditative process moves us deeply into ourselves. Sharing this process with family members is fun, builds trust and supports closeness in a gentle, non-judgmental atmosphere. You’ll each walk away with at least one finished canvas, a whole lot of raw material to use for future projects and some great memories.
Prices include all basic Touch Drawing supplies & 1 canvas or watercolor paper per participant. Additional canvases will be available for purchase at the studio.
Two Hour “Studio Dates” by Appointment
$300 for 2 parents and 2 children
$200 for a couple
($150 for 1 parent with 1 child, $100 for each additional adult, $50 for each additional child)
Group, Family/Couple Touch Drawing is available by appointment only. For more information and to set up appointment: contact: (802) 343-8172 or email@example.com.
Coming of Age: Mothers and Daughters
Do you wish there was a place and rite of passage to welcome girls into womanhood? This workshop provides mothers and daughters (ages 11 – 14) or (ages 8 – 11) a fun and creative forum to explore their changing relationships as daughters make their transition from the realm of childhood into the circle of women. Come play, dance, sing, tell stories and make art together with other mothers and daughters in a celebration of our lives. This workshop is a 6 week commitment and is limited to a total of 12 participants.
No previous art experience necessary.
Call for dates and/or sign-up. (802) 343-8172
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Next Date: TBA
Expressive Arts Training for Caring Professionals
This is a collaborative workshop offered by Michelle Turbide and Topaz Weis. It is intended for clinicians, social workers, nurses, caregivers, teachers, body workers, or any helping professional. Created as an introduction to multi-modal expressive arts, we will explore the use of these modalities so that they can be resources in your practice and you will gain skills for harvesting a more ’embodied’ presence in your work and life.
Expressive arts are often used for stress reduction, physical and emotional healing, and the understanding of self. When you experience the power and efficacy of these techniques first hand, you will be able to incorporate them into your practice with ease.
The workshop engages in experiential exercises to explore career values, strengths, and the integration of the two utilizing movement, art making, written/spoken word, as well as process/discussion. No talent or previous art experiences are required.
For more info call: (802) 343-8172 or (802) 881-7607
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Hearts and Noses
An Improv and Clown Acting Workshop for Boys, ages 9 – 12, and the Adults who Love Them.
Don’t miss this chance to play together in the delightful, delectable world of clowning around. You’ll have a chance to laugh and play with others in a supportive environment. Here you can find a forum for connecting deeply, parent and child, and enhance or transform your relationship in the physically exaggerated world of the clown. We all have clowns living inside us, waiting to be invited to come out and play!
- Develop your own personal clown.
- Explore issues of collaboration.
- Initiate a ‘yes….and’ framework of communication.
- Build cooperation and mutual respect.
- Noses Provided! No experience necessary.
Cost: $75 per adult/child pair (Each boy must be accompanied by one parent or other special adult in their life.)
Pre-registration & $25 deposit Required.
Please bring any items for personal use and to share that could be incorporated into a clowning costume, i.e. hats, baggy clothes, bow ties, suspenders etc.
For more info and registration call: (802) 343-8172
If you have a group that would like to contract this or any other workshop, please contact Topaz Weis at the above phone number.